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Below the path between Las Negras and Cala del Cuervo we found this rare plant, Chaenorhinum crassifolium, growing in rock fissures.
The little blue irises are now in abundance on the cliffs between Las Negras and El Playazo.
It was a beautiful day and there were swimmers and sunbathers on the cove beneath Bateria de San Ramon and El Playazo.
Instead of returning the way we came, we walked inland and took a footpath opposite the old castle.
This footpath starts near this rock, which resembles a man’s head, and winds through a pass in the mountain range between El Valle de Rodalquilar and Las Negras.
Looking back, there are excellent views of El Valle with the palm trees and old castle.
The mountains are always beautiful in the evening light, especially with their dusting of spring green.
Beginning the descent to Las Negras, there is an old ruin with two olive trees on the left.
On the right, is this old windmill which has been converted into a small house.
Today has been another beautiful spring day and we walked up the steep ascent to the estepa above San Pedro. There are stunning coastal views looking back.
On the way, we photographed this dipcadi in flower, its unusual, beige-brown colouring camouflaging it in its preferred dry and stony habitat.
On the estepa there are many of these tiny narcissi in flower.
Along this path we once again found many wild orchids. We have recently published several orchid photos but not one of the bee orchid, and so here is a fine specimen we saw along our walk.
Behind the beach at Cala de Enmedio can be seen one of the botanical glories of Almeria, the Cistanche phelypaea. This beautiful parasitic plant is becoming more and more uncommon. This interesting specimen at the southern end of the beach was not quite in flower.
But later, under the cliffs at the north end of the beach, we found another which was in full bloom.
Despite the fine weather, 23C, and it being a public holiday weekend the beach was almost deserted.
A much rarer plant is this Sarcocapnos eneaphylla (the Spanish call it virgin’s slippers) which we have seen growing in fissures on large boulders opposite the Batteria de San Ramon near the same path.
By this path, where it descends down to Cala del Cuervo, a number of fan-lipped orchids are in flower.
I discovered this yellow linaria along the Rambla de Las Negras.
Also along this rambla there are groups of little mirror orchids.
The best location I have come across for orchids, though, is the path between Los Albericoques and Las Presillas. Here, yesterday, I found this pretty group of sawfly orchids.
Most impressive of all were these five large Barlia robertiana orchids.
On this walk, we turned back when we reached the Cortijo de Las Presillas Altas, but not before we spoke the the goats in their corral, many of which had kids.
This is one of the best walks for observing wild flowers in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, but spring is not as advanced here at this altitude as it is in the valleys and ramblas.
Soon, the shrubs of cistus which grow in profusion along the path will be full of white and pink flowers. We saw only a few blooms, but wild thyme, rosemary and lavender are all in flower, making this walk a very fragrant one.
The pretty white flowers of arenaria can also be found up here. This plant likes altitude and shade.
The wild orchids, though, are the botanist’s delight and we found quite a few splendid examples of sawfly orchids.
However, these orchids are often difficult to spot and hard to photograph as they tend to hide amongst the grasses and are often in shade.
Lower down near the mine workings we found some tiny mirror orchids.
Also along the path, near the old mine workings, are some wonderful specimens of the largest of the orchids, Barlia robertiana. This is spectacular example.
The photographs show both its flowers and its habitat.
I started off alongside the Rio Genil and then down the Cuesta Genil to the historic centre. The sharp light and bare trees created a wintery atmosphere. The church of San Basilio makes a good focal point here.
There were plenty of tourists about in the Plaza Bib Rambla.
I love the old buildings in this square. Once again the bare trees are evocative of winter.
On a corner this old lady is still selling flowers. I recall taking some photos of her at this time of year three years ago.
Many of the trees in the squares have been pollarded. They look quite dramatic here in Plaza Trinidad.
There were the usual buskers, pedlars and crowds of tourists at the Mirador San Nicolas from where there is a great view of the Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada behind. The snow on the mountains looked fresh and the snow line was quite low. Although today was bright and sunny I think the weather in Granada was pretty grim at the beginning of the week.
Finally I like this photo looking up the Acera de Casino from the Plaza Real. It seems to capture the spirit of the day. It even tells us the temperature – 16C.
On Friday, in the valley behind El Playazo, the bright yellow broom looked dramatic against the deep blue sky.
These pretty little blue irises have just come into flower.
Clumps of flowering wild thyme and lavender are growing between the olive trees.
This morning, a walk through the valley behind Los Genoveses beach took us through fields of wild flowers.
Bushes of broom and rue are flowering between the agaves that line the path.
The fields are carpeted with bermuda buttercups.
Bees were buzzing around flowers like these helianthemum
Here again, thyme and lavender are flowering.
This pretty allium is an example of the small plants which are able to thrive thanks to the grazing of a flock of white goats, a rare breed adapted to salt-laden and quite harsh conditions.
The two varieties of asphodel are abundant here.
These photos were taken early this morning. We are expecting 25C+ today.